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This library contains research reports produced by the Building America program and other building science resources used to support this Solution Center. The materials cover both new construction and existing homes. Use the search box and/or the filters to explore hundreds of residential building resources. Access to some references not produced by Building America may require purchase from the publisher. Documents are listed alphabetically. While we continually update our database, links may have changed since posting. Please contact our webmaster if you find broken links.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: September, 2012

Guide providing information for homeowners and renters on how to clean up residential mold problems and how to prevent mold growth.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: May, 2012

Report telling consumers the risks of radon, how radon gets into a home, and steps consumers can take to reduce radon exposure in their homes.

Author(s): Health Canada, Environment Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Organization(s): Health Canada
Publication Date: June, 2001

Document reporting results from a study done to evaluate effects of automotive emissions from attached garages on the indoor environment.

Author(s): Bailey
Organization(s): Bailey Engineering Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2014
Case study about high humidity, mold and condensation on surfaces in S. Florida, and how building characteristics cause and amplify these problems.
Author(s): U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Organization(s): U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Publication Date: January, 2013
Updated detailed information about Formaldehyde.
Author(s): ANSI, AHRI
Organization(s): ANSI, AHRI
Publication Date: January, 2015

Standard 680 establishes definitions, classifications, test requirements, data requirements, ratings, operating requirements, marking and nameplate data and conformance conditions for residential air filter equipment.

Author(s): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: December, 2013
Standard 55 specifies conditions for acceptable thermal environments and is intended for use in design, operation, and commissioning of buildings and other occupied spaces.
Author(s): American National Standards Institute, Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association
Organization(s): American National Standards Institute, Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association
Publication Date: January, 2009
Standard detailing the specific requirements for all face, back, and inner ply grades as well as formaldehyde emissions, moisture content, tolerances, sanding, and grade marking.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: July, 2017

EPA's website about asbestos.

Author(s): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: January, 2017

Standard establishing a test procedure for evaluating the performance of air-cleaning devices as a function of particle size.

Author(s): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: January, 2016

ASHRAE Standard 62.1 sets specifications and measures for ventilation system design and indoor air quality.

Author(s): ASTM International
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: March, 2013

Standard describing methods for installing radon mitigation systems in existing homes.

Author(s): Baechler, Gilbride, Hefty, Cole, Williamson, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: April, 2010

Report identifying the steps to take, with the help of a qualified home performance contractor, to seal unwanted air leaks while ensuring healthy levels of ventilation and avoiding sources of indoor air pollution.

Author(s): Brand
Organization(s): PARR, Gas Technology Institute
Publication Date: March, 2013

Expert meeting about the best approach to combustion safety in a direct vent world.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: April, 2001

Document detailing how to build radon-resistant homes.

Author(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Organization(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Publication Date: January, 2012
Standard describing a green labeling program for low VOC carpets.
Author(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Publication Date: October, 2014

This is a guide for establishing smoke-free policies in public housing and multifamily properties.

Author(s): Building Performance Institute
Organization(s): Building Performance Institute
Publication Date: January, 2016

The following combustion appliance safety inspection must be completed to determine if fossil fuel-fired appliances are operating safely under a depressurized condition.

Author(s): Engelmann, Roth, Tiefenbeck
Organization(s): Fraunhofer CSE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report documenting the results of an in-depth evaluation of thermal comfort for two potential net zero-energy homes (NZEHs) in Massachusetts.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2016

Report telling consumers how radon gets into a home and how to reduce radon entry into a home.

Author(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Organization(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Publication Date: July, 2011
Downloadable fact sheet covering carpet-related topics including Indoor Air Quality, Asthma and Allergy, Cleaning Products, and Environmental Sustainability.
Author(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Organization(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Publication Date: May, 2014
Standard describing a labeling program for carpet cushions.
Author(s): Baker
Organization(s): National Research Council Canada
Publication Date: March, 1969
Article discussing the causes of wood decay and moisture issues.
Author(s): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: December, 2014
Report outlining the issues with using existing ducts with a new low-load HVAC system, which reduces throw at supply registers causing decreased mixing of supply and room air, leading to potential thermal comfort complaints.
Author(s): Hodgson, Moyer, Beal
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: September, 2005
A report describing six mechanical ventilation strategies that were evaluated for their ability to control indoor humidity levels over 14-day periods with simulated occupancy.
Author(s): Turner, Walker
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

This study evaluates the energy, humidity and indoor air quality implications of residential ventilation cooling in all US IECC climate zones.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: February, 2018

Website from the U.S. Department of Energy providing consumers with information on saving energy and using renewable energy technologies.  

Author(s): Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
Organization(s): Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
Publication Date: May, 2007
Standard supporting indoor air quality performance by producers, purchasers and policy makers to improve the environmental performance of products and services.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: February, 2018

Website providing the technical specifications and related documents for home builders, subcontractors, architects, and other housing professionals interested in certifying a home to the EPA's Indoor airPLUS program requirements.

Author(s): Martin, Withers, McIlvaine, Chasar, Beal
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: February, 2018

This report evaluates the performance of variable-capacity comfort systems, with a focus on inverter-driven, variable-capacity systems, as well as proposed system enhancements.

Author(s): Singer, Delp, Apte
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2010

Report on the performance of range hood exhaust fans.

Author(s): Martin, Fenaughty, Parker
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: January, 2018

Report outlining how Smart ventilation controls (SVC) balance energy consumption, comfort, and IAQ by optimizing mechanical ventilation operation to reduce the heating and/or cooling loads, improve management of indoor moisture, and maintain IAQ equivalence according to ASHRAE 62.2.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2014

Detailed information about Formaldehyde including health effects and strategies to reduce exposure.

Author(s): Health Canada, Environment Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Organization(s): Health Canada
Publication Date: June, 2004

Results from a research program testing airtightness, implications of air leakage and contaminant reduction over the garage-to-house interface.

Author(s): Green Seal
Organization(s): Green Seal
Publication Date: January, 2010
Standards for paints and coatings.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: August, 2009

Report about opportunities for ventilation when traditional methods are limited by weather conditions or by contaminants in the outdoor air.

Author(s): New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Organization(s): New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Publication Date: November, 2008

Report about indoor air quality related to indoor mold growth.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: November, 2011

This report describes the health effects of secondhand smoke.

Author(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date: August, 2011

This manual is designed for state and local healthy homes programs that are working to reduce secondhand smoke exposure in multiunit housing. The manual provides field-tested strategies, recommendations, best practices, and tools. 

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2014

This publication provides a set of best practices for improving indoor air quality in conjunction with energy upgrade work in homes.

Author(s): Aspen Publishers
Organization(s): Aspen Publishers
Publication Date: January, 2000
Report with information for builders and retrofitters to help eliminate hazards and coincidental energy losses that come from attached garages.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2015

Companion document to the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications, providing guidance on identifying compliant products, including industry databases and examples of product labeling.

Author(s): Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association
Organization(s): Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association
Publication Date: January, 2008

Book providing project management guidance in maintaining satisfactory indoor air quality (IAQ) of occupied buildings undergoing renovation or construction.

Author(s): Less, Mullen, Singer, Walker
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

This research study used pollutant measurements, home inspections, diagnostic testing and occupant surveys to assess IAQ in 24 new or deeply retrofitted homes designed to be high performance green buildings in California.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2015

Document outlining specifications that were developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize new homes equipped with a comprehensive set of indoor air quality (IAQ) features.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: April, 2004

Report with an overall HTWII introduction and four sections explaining the four most important hygro-thermal regions: Hot-Humid, Mixed-Humid, Cold, and Hot-Dry/Mixed-Dry.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: March, 2013

Source for information about Carbon Monoxide including health effects and measures to reduce exposure.

Author(s): Springer
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: November, 2009
Information sheet about efficiency and health benefits of MERV filters.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: June, 2010

EPA’s 2008 Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule (as amended in 2010 and 2011), aims to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation, repair and painting activities.

Author(s): Rudd
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: February, 2011

Report on whole-house and spot ventilation strategies for improved indoor air quality.

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